2015 British Antarctic 1 oz Silver Trans-Antarctic Expedition

2015 British Antarctic 1 oz Silver Trans-Antarctic Expedition

Pobjoy Mint is pleased to announce the release of a new coin issued on behalf of the British Antarctic Territory which commemorates the Centenary of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
  • Coin comes in a mint box with a certificate of authenticity.
  • Mintage of only 10,000 coins.
  • Obverse: Features an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.
  • Reverse: Image of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, also known as the Endurance Expedition, that's considered to be the last major expedition of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration and attempted to make the first land crossing of the Antarctic continent.
  • This beautiful new coin shows the Endurance stuck in the Antarctic ice with a portrait of Sir Ernest Shackleton carved into the iceberg in the foreground.

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The Expedition set sail in 1914, but Endurance became beset in the ice of the Weddell Sea and, despite all efforts to free it, the ship drifted northward and held in the pack ice throughout the Antarctic winter of 1915.

Eventually the ship was crushed and sank, stranding the crew on the ice. After spending months in makeshift camps, the crew used lifeboats to reach the uninhabited Elephant Island. Shackleton and five other crew members then made an open boat journey of 800 miles to South Georgia from where they were able to mount a rescue of the remaining men and bring them home without loss of life.

The Pobjoy Mint has been a leader in innovative coin design and craftsmanship for more than 50 years. Derek Pobjoy started the private mint in 1965, coming from a background in jewelry. The first coins minted were commemorative Sterling Silver and Gold coins in memory of former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, which launched the mint into becoming a huge success.

The idea that countries, big or small, can and should have their own coinage is what pushed the Pobjoy Mint forward. Pobjoy approached the Isle of Man government to begin a program of collector coins with corresponding values and specifications as British coins. In 1972, the Pobjoy Mint created the first practical set of coins for the Isle of Man including a 1/2 penny and up to 50 pence coins. These coins included historical and cultural elements, such as the Isle of Man’s distinctive three-legged “Triskele” insignia.

Since then, the Pobjoy Mint has issued an array of innovative and artistic coins sought after by some of the choosiest collectors. One particular contribution to numismatics and coin production was the development of the world’s first satisfactory man-made Precious Metal, called Virenium, which has been used in high denomination coinage since 1978. This was hailed worldwide as the first significant breakthrough in coinage from the last century.

The Pobjoy Mint provides circulation and collector coinage for 12 countries and territories, and that number is ever increasing. Pobjoy Mint has been consistently recognized within the numismatic industry for their innovations, including 45 “firsts” such as the first Silver one kilo coin, the first coin in the shape of the Eiffel Tower, the first titanium coin and the world’s highest relief coin. The Pobjoy Mint has demonstrated their ability to push the limits of the coin industry to surprising achievements and new heights.

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